Category: Music Reviews

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Violet Femmes : Debut Album Review

-Violent Femmes-  is the debut album by the folk-punk band Violent Femmes. It was recorded in July 1982 and released by Slash Records on vinyl and cassette in April 1983 and on CD in 1987 with the two additional tracks Ugly and Gimme the Car. The band consisted of Gordon Gano (Singer/Guitarist), Brian Ritchie (Bassist) and Victor DeLorenzo (Percussionist).  The album recently achieved a gold certification without even making the charts. In 2002, Rhino Records remade the album for its 20th anniversary with an additional disc of demos and linear notes by Michael Azerrad. Read more …

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Track Review: Free Lunch by Isaiah Rashad

Since its initial slew of studio album releases in 2011, there’s no doubt that Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has established itself as one of the most formidable collectives in hip-hop today. The label, founded by current CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Griffith, boasts a roster as innovative as it is eclectic, featuring the likes of Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and of course multi-Grammy award winner, Kendrick Lamar. The crew extends far deeper than the aforementioned Black Hippy clique however, with Chicago artist Lance Skiiiwalker joining fellow TDE signees SZA and Isaiah Rashad in the ranks this year.

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‘Cauterize’ & ‘Dust’ is an important moment in rock history — a personal review

‘Cauterize’ and ‘Dust’ epitomise a no-frills, uncompromising and masterful amalgamation of rock n roll, soaring melody and speed metal. Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti fronts the solo-project-turned-full-fledged-band Tremonti, who have built themselves a spot in the rock and metal history books with the release of this double album.

I was raised a rocker. From Kiss to Bruce Springsteen, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Guns N Roses, my life since had been a perpetual tug-of-war between metal and rock. As I age, my taste refines and expands, but I never found that perfect amalgamation of the two… until I first heard a band called Alter Bridge back in 2004. As an avid WWE fan, Edge’s theme song Metallingus—an Alter Bridge classic—was so enticing. It was not heavy metal, neither was it hard-rock and it rocked my fucking world. Read more …

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Snarky Puppy Barks Up Different Tree with Latest Studio Album

Before I begin, I must disclose that Snarky Puppy are my all time favourite musical ensemble, and I can guarantee bias on so many levels.

 

That being said, quite honestly, if you love Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Adele, Martin Garrix, Beyoncé, literally anyone, you must check out Snarky Puppy. I promise there will be an absolute bare minimum of one song on each of their albums that you will fall in love with, for some reason or another. Whether it be the funky grooves, the juicy keyboard lines, the diverse cultural embracement or even the vocalists from the Family Dinner album series, there is something inextricably likeable about Snarky Puppy. Read more …

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UQiYO ‘Ship’s’ feat. Chitose: Infusion of Borderless Sound

Do you really pay attention to words in lyrics when you listen to music? I don’t, unless it’s sung in clear articulation, I don’t really care what’s in the lyrics. It’s partly because I believe that music can be ingrained into your mind as it sounds. Music trio, UQiYO’s ‘Ship’s’ is a song which has been instantly ingrained into my mind without even realizing. Since ‘Ship’s’ has fragments of various musical genres from pop and folk to jazz, it has successfully created genre-less sounds which is even reinforced by Chitose Hajime’s soulful vocals. Read more …

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‘Views’ The most anticipated Hip-Hop album of 2016

It is finally here.

 

Hip-Hop Superstar Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham finally delivers his long anticipated project ‘Views’ (originally known as Views From The 6) after 4 years of anticipation of its release. Having solidified his position at the top of the Hip-Hop industry over the last 4 years through features, singles and his surprise mixtape, ‘If you’re reading this it’s too late”, Drake takes it back to his early years and creates the most personal album of his. The album plays out as a mixture of his previous styles that we have seen over his earlier releases. Taking bits from each project to achieve an album that put’s Drake’s personality out on display. Read more …

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Album Review: White Hot Moon by Pity Sex

Pity Sex’s White Hot Moon provides summer vibes with breezy guitar riffs, laid-back beats and hazy vocals as well as heavy bass lines and aggressive drums.

 

The American quartet released the 12-track album last month, which takes you through lost love and rejection with fuzzy emo-pop tunes.

 

The co-vocalists Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves alternate between loud and soft, gruff and airy, exemplifying the group dynamic, which sways between shoe gazing and head banging. There couldn’t be a better name for a band that tries to have it both ways.
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